New day—New trail walk

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Good morning, Trail Walkers. I hope you’re ready for another trek along the trails in Chagrin River Park. It never get monotonous for me when I’m out on the trail, but recently I’m seeing the same birds day after day. Here’s hoping that the coming of spring will soon bring some migratory birds back to the  trails.  My photos from yesterday are all birds, but I was drawn to the image at the top of today’s page because it shows more of the meadow. I hope you like it. Here are a few more regulars that posed for a photo  opp yesterday:

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Blue jay
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He’s happy to find a peanut!

There was plenty of titmouse action this morning. These little birds make me smile because they are perpetually perky, or at least they seem to be. They even sound perky.

The red-winged blackbird is one of the earliest signs of spring in Northeast Ohio. Long before other noticeable signs and sounds of spring appear along the trails, the harsh nasal voice of this bird tells a trail walker that spring is coming. It’s always a good sound to hear, even though experience reminds me that the trees won’t be budding and blooming any time soon… at least not here along the south shore of Lake Erie.

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Let’s end today’s trail walk with a perennial favorite. Everyone recognizes this bird. The state bird of Ohio and several other states, the cardinal lives here year-round, and looks especially beautiful when I spot it on a tree branch, surrounded by freshly fallen snow.

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I’m thankful there wasn’t any snow along the trail yesterday.  I’ve had enough for this year. True spring can’t arrive soon enough for me!

Thanks for stopping by today.
See you in a few days.
~Trail Walker

Today I believe in spring!

I took a photowalk in Chagrin River Park this afternoon.The sun was shining, and it was almost warm enough to wear a sweatshirt instead of the heavy jacket I’ve been wearing all winter. And it wasn’t raining! So I’m celebrating, even though there is some rain and (maybe even) snow forecast for the weekend. On a day like this, I see people in the park that haven’t been on the trails since November, and the one lone crocus blooming by our front door may soon have some company. As you can see from these pictures, it still doesn’t look very springlike. No flowering fruit trees, crabapple blossoms, daffodils, or hyacinths yet, but nevertheless spring is in the air. The glint of sunlight on the river, blue sky, and puffy clouds are all the proof we need!

For the record
  • Weather: Mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 54 degrees.
  • Exercise: 4929 steps (2.2 miles)

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip

Today was manageable!

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The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another.The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.

~Henry Van Dyke

Here in northeast Ohio we have passed the first day of spring and are anxiously awaiting the first spring day. With ice still covering much of Lake Erie and only a few crocuses brave enough to lift their heads through the dead leaves in the garden, spring still seems a long way off. Someone summed it up by saying that temperatures are slowly moving from miserable to manageable. Today, with some sunshine and blue skies, but a stiff breeze, was manageable!

For the record
  • Today’s high temperature was 51 degrees with partly cloudy skies.
  • Exercise: 5558 steps in 1:43:57
  • Nothing to brag about on either front, but it’s a start.
  • I took today’s picture from the pedestrian bridge in Chagrin River Park, about a mile south of Lake Erie.

That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip

Stepping out in Holden Arboretum

2014_11_11_Holden & Lake Erie Bluffs_002 One of my favorite places to walk with my camera is Holden Arboretum. The picture above was taken in the Butterfly Garden last November, after they had bedded everything down for the coming winter. Today I returned to the Arboretum for a short walk…probably no more than a mile, but it felt like I imagine a bird might feel when it is released from captivity….liberated! Here is a small gallery of my images from today’s walk in the Arboretum. (Click on an image to enlarge it.)

For the record:
  • Weather: Mostly cloudy, 44 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Exercise: Thirty minutes and one mile at the most…not counting time out for conversation with three dogs and their people

That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Carolyn aka Skip

A blanket of snow

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Much to my delight, snow fell last night and covered the muddy trails in the park. Winter without snow can be pretty dull and tiresome, in my opinion. The unremitting brown-and-greyness of it wears on me after a while…a pretty short while to tell the truth. I think my feelings stem from our location on the south shore of Lake Erie. We don’t get many sunny days from November to May, and a nice snowfall puts a whole new face on things and consequently lifts my spirits.

The bird you can see on the fence post is a red-bellied woodpecker. When I spotted it, my camera was wearing its 35mm lens. Opening my bag, I grabbed out the 70-300mm zoom, clicked it into place, looked up and the WP was gone! Darn uncooperative bird! It would have looked so good against the snow too. Instead I will offer you two shots of the downy woodpecker who agreed to substitute for his red-bellied relative.
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That’s it for today. I’m ready for some relaxation. See you soon.

P.S. If you want to see a few more pictures from today’s photowalk, they start here.
Carolyn aka Skip

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